Pre industrial Europe• Muslim invasion of Europe and later the Crusades opened up trade and contact between Europe and the Far East and Near East• Paris, Amsterdam, Antwerp , Lisbon, Naples and Venice revived and grew.• By mid-15th cent. London had 80,000 and Paris had 120,000. By 19th cent. London was 1 m. while Paris had only 670,000
Models of Urban Places• Gideon Sjoberg explained the stages of urban development in The Preindustrial City: Past and Present (1960)• Sjoberg said that all cities were a product of their societies and went through stages: – Folk-preliterate – Feudal – Preindustrial – Urban-industrial
Primate Cities• Gideon Sjoberg was also the first to study the primate city.• A nation’s leading city in size that serves as an expression of national culture. – Not necessarily large – Dominated by religious and govt. buildings – Spacious with wealth near the center – Less privileged near the edge or outside wall
• Not all pre industrial primate cities were the same-Muslim cities were dominated by the great mosque and had less variation in surrounding housing.• Commerce and crafts were focused in the bazaar which has no western equivalent
The Modern Western City• Medieval city was bleak and grimy with narrow dangerous streets.• Unpaved streets provided poor sanitation• The tallest buildings were the Church & Castle• Mercantile cities of the 16th & 17th cent. were nodes of regional, national and international trade• Great cities like London, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Copenhagen grew with the wealth of colonies.
The Second Urban RevolutionA large scale movement of people to cities to work in manufacturing. Made possible by: 1. second agricultural revolution that improved food production and created a larger surplus 2. industrialization, which encouraged growth of cities near industrial resources
The Modern Western City• Manufacturing city first developed in Britain, later Western Europe and North America.• Rapidly growing factory system with railroads and tenement slums• Sanitary systems, water supplies and housing were overwhelmed with rapid growth and pollution.
The Modern Western City• Modernization of American cities took place in late 19th cent.• Electric trolley and other forms of mass transportation transformed cities-transport systems became circumferential and radial.• Suburbanization of the city became possible with 1920s revolution of the automobile• Modern cities of North America are sprawling expanses of suburbs, shopping malls and business parks
• Hinterland-a German word that means land behind the city• Spacing of cities-large cities lie farther apart-smaller settlements are closer to each other• Industrial Revolution began in Europe-arrived in the US around 1870-in only 50 yrs. US surpassed Europe• 25 million European immigrants arrived in America-many in manufacturing centers
John Borchert’s “American Metropolitan Evolution”- 4 Stage model of evolution• First Stage-Sail- Wagon Epoch (1790- 1830) slow, primitive overland and waterway transport-Boston, New York and Philadelphia were major cities oriented to European trade.
John Borchert’s “American Metropolitan Evolution-4 Stage model of evolution• Second Stage-Iron Horse Epoch (1830-1870) Diffusion of steam-powered railroads-coal mining-boomed, tracks laid coast to coast- manufacturing spread outward from New England hearth-by 1850 New York was primate city with Pittsburgh, Detroit & Chicago growing rapidly
• Third Stage-Steel-Rail Epoch (1870-1920) coincided with the Industrial Revolution Steel industry in Chicago, Detroit & Pittsburgh Coal & iron ore supply areas- northern Appalachia and Lake Superior (Mesabi) Agglomeration in raw materials and market location due to railroad. Steel replaced iron rails-safer-more powerful locomotives-larger freight cars & even refrigerated cars added.
• Fourth Stage-Auto-Air- Amenity Epoch (1920- 1970) Gasoline-powered internal combustion engines-truck based regional and metropolitan distribution of goods; increased automation of blue-collar jobs; shift to white-collar jobs; highways, expressways and jet aircraft made travel faster & cheaper; amenities of suburbs, Sunbelt; New activities responded less to cost-distance factors
• Fifth Stage?- (1970- Now) decline of Rust belt continues; high tech. will stimulate an even greater dispersal of city populations; telecommuting, working from home, globalization and outsourcing change the way we work